Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
A Christian's salvation is based on what happened on Easter or Resurrection Sunday. No one is saved only because Jesus died on the cross. Christians are not saved because He was buried in a borrowed tomb. We are saved based on His resurrection. Therefore, Resurrection Day is the most sacred day of the Christian year.
Jesus' Death, Burial, and Resurrection
No matter how many times churchgoers have heard the story outlined in the gospels, they still expect to be reminded about Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection on Easter Sunday since that is the central focus of Christianity.
Preachers miss a great opportunity if they preach about something else on that particular Sunday especially since some people have not been to church since Christmas. There are 51 more Sundays in the year when another topic can be addressed.
When preachers preach about the resurrection of Jesus, it is very important to say what the Bible says about it instead of putting their own spin on an extremely sacred subject.
The following is an example of what older preachers do.
Jesus Got Up vs. God Raised Him From Dead
Not many modern preachers say, "Jesus got up from the grave three days after His death." However, older preachers believe it is not a proper sermon until a preacher emphasizes that "Jesus got up."
When I was first licensed as a preacher back in 1995 and was scheduled to preach on Easter Sunday, an older preacher asked me if I knew how to get Jesus up from the dead. After a moment, I realized what he meant.
Christians receive salvation not by knowing that Jesus died. Others have died before Jesus, and others have died after Jesus. However, none of them granted us salvation. According to Romans 10:9, people are saved with the confession of their mouths that Jesus died along with the belief in their heart that "God raised Him from the dead."
Romans 10:9 says:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Romans 10:9 clearly states, "God raised Jesus from the dead." Jesus did not get up on His own. To merely say, "He got up" minimizes what really happened because God is being eliminated from that important event.
To say, "Jesus got up" could be the same as when Jesus got up from sleeping in the bottom of the boat when a terrible storm came up and the disciples were afraid (Mark 4:38-40). To say, "He got up" could be similar to Jesus sitting and teaching the multitudes as He did during His Sermon of the Mount in Matthew, Chapters 5, 6 and 7. In fact, Jesus often taught in a sitting position. When he had finished, "He got up."
To say, "Jesus got up" limits what really happened during His resurrection. To say what the Bible says includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. However, saying "Jesus got up" leaves out the Father and the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, to say "God raised Him from the dead" includes the entire Trinity in the plan of redemption.
Jesus (the Son of God) was crucified on the cross. On the third day, God (The Father) raised Him from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity).
Certainly, the Son of God and could have gotten up on His own had that been part of the plan. However, we should believe what the scriptures say. We must believe God raised His Son from the dead and He didn't get up on His own.
God "Raised" Jesus From the Dead
Saying "God raised from the dead" in Romans 10:9 is much more powerful than saying "Jesus got up." What the Bible says gives the feeling of being lifted up more so than just getting up. During Jesus' ministry, He often taught about His death and being raised from the dead and never about Him getting up.
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32).
He didn't say, "If I get up..." Jesus included His Father in everything; even in His dying and being raised from the dead by Him, and certainly in Him being lifted up.
With something as important as the resurrection, let's preach and teach others what the Bible says instead of using a powerless cliché. It is appropriate to say your baby got up from his sleeping position, but when it comes to Jesus' resurrection, believe and say, "God raised Him from the dead."
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 10, 2020:
If Jesus on his own will got up from the dead, then the whole world still need an atonment for sin. But it is a fact that. God raised him up from the death...because "many dead body of the saints" were raise along with him. Thans for sharing.